In her welcome speech,at the event for the Remembrance Day for the Greek-Jewish Martyrs and Heroes of the Holocaust, titled “Do we Know? Do we Remember? Do we Learn?”, that was co-organized by the Region of Attica and the Athens Jewish Community in the “THEATRE” of the Hellenic Cosmos Cultural Centre, the Regional Governor of Attica, Ms Rena Dourou, emphasized that “The great challenge we are facing is to win the battle concerning a ‘vital issue for European civilization’, as the Nobel laureate, Imre Kertész, has characterized the Holocaust”.
Key points of the Regional Governor's Speech:
- Today, after a long journey that would normally have led us to Awareness, Remembrance and Learning, we are still confronted with questions that unfortunately are being asked again.
- Because today some people do not know, some people seem to have forgotten and others act as if they did not learn. Once again we are facing ignorance, oblivion and unawareness. We are facing the rise of anti-Semitism, racism and neo-Nazism.
- There is a new wrapping-paper packaging, but with the same repulsive and dangerous content. This is a content that we all need to face up - especially those of us who hold office and speak in public.
- We have continuous responsibility to fight against racist and anti-Semitic stereotypes, against any kind of falsification and denial.
- It is our responsibility not to allow history to be rewritten by Holocaust deniers. Not to allow Memory to dwindle away. To keep Memory fresh, fortifying our society, creating moral and spiritual antibodies against anti-Semitism, intolerance, and rejection of the Other.
- Antibodies against accepting the ongoing falsification of history in the 21st century. Antibodies so that we have “Man as the supreme value".
- So that we never forget. As Martyrs, such as Elie Wiesel, never forgot: “Never shall I forget those flames that consumed my faith forever. Never shall I forget the nocturnal silence that deprived me, for all eternity, of the desire to live. Never shall I forget those moments that murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to ashes”.
- We receive now the torch of Remembrance from the Martyrs, to do our own Duty.
- To ensure that History will never stop again. To turn Commemoration of the Holocaust, the black spot of the 20th century, to the moral code of the 21st century. To ensure that we will learn, we will remember and we will be taught. Without questions.
The full text of the Regional Governor's Welcome Speech is attached.